Food Processing Research and Innovation: Ottawa and Quebec Announce $50,000 in Financial Assistance to Fou du Cochon et Scie Inc.
August 16, 2018 – Quebec City, Quebec – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
The Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec are providing assistance of up to $50,000 to Fou du Cochon et Scie Inc. in Sainte-Anne-de-La-Pocatière to support it with a major research and innovation project. The aim of this project is to characterize the native microflora in order to define the distinctive character of the taste and thus be able to reproduce this unique flora in new sausage products.
This financial assistance was granted under component 3 of the 2013–2018 Innov'Action agroalimentaire program of the Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation, under the Canada-Quebec Growing Forward 2 agreement. This component focused on enhancing product and process innovation in food processing.
Mr. Jean-Claude Poissant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Federal Minister of Agriculture Agri-Food, Mr. Lawrence MacAulay, and Mr. Norbert Morin, MNA for Côte-du-Sud, on behalf of Mr. Laurent Lessard, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, made the announcement stating that the aim of the Innov'Action agroalimentaire program is to encourage research and innovation in the agri-food sector by increasing the competitiveness of businesses in agriculture and food processing sectors.
This project is also in line with the guidelines of the Quebec 2018–2025 Bio-food Policy – Alimenter notre monde, particularly in the promotion and enhancement of Quebec's bio-food products in order to rely on successful, sustainable and innovative companies to feed our world.
"The Government of Canada is proud to support companies that are ready to meet new challenges through research and innovation to increase their competitiveness. With this investment, Fou du cochon et Scie will be able to develop new sausages that meet consumer demands while growing the economy and creating good-paying jobs for families in the La Pocatière region."
- Mr. Jean-Claude Poissant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
"Innovation and research are the drivers of competitiveness. Within the context of open markets, our businesses must remain productive and innovative. Consequently, the Government of Quebec is proud to encourage research and development in the agri-food sector while stimulating investment in a company as dynamic as Fou du cochon et Scie. Through this concrete contribution, Canada and Quebec are participating in the strategic development of a food processing company that is thriving."
- Mr. Laurent Lessard, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
"The bio-food sector plays a strategic role in rural areas. Innovative companies like Fou du cochon et Scie are taking part in this ebullient sector. The government assistance announced today gives a boost to a company that is about to make a major investment to ensure its competitiveness. The success of this project will reflect in our region's reputation and prosperity."
- Mr. Norbert Morin, MNA for Côte-du-Sud
The products of Fou du cochon et Scie are crafted using local ingredients. They are currently being distributed in certain specialty stores and restaurants in Quebec. The company produces greaves, terrines and other deli products. It also prepares fermented dried sausages whose properties and unique taste are attributable to native indigenous flora.
The overall objective of the 2013–2018 Innov'Action agroalimentaire program was to increase the competitiveness of businesses in the agriculture and food processing sectors through research and innovation, while promoting a balance in the environmental, social and economic dimensions of their development.
Between 2013 and 2018, more than $21 million was invested by the Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec through Innov'Action agroalimentaire to support research and innovation projects.
Since April 1, 2018, the Canada-Quebec Agreement to Implement the Canadian Agricultural Partnership has provided federal and provincial funding totalling $293 million over five years, from 2018 to 2023. This agreement supports strategic initiatives that will help sectors grow, innovate and prosper. The Partnership replaces the Growing Forward 2 strategic framework.
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